Governors Information

Name of Governor/TrusteeCommittee 

Position held


Curriculum Responsibility
Michael HennesseySPD/Curriculum & Progress/Personnel/FinanceChair of GovernorsRE Citizenship
Will HowellPersonnel/Finance 

Vice Chair of Governors


Tim Askham 



Jilly Atherton 



Kay BohmCurriculum/SPD 

Curriculum Chair


Stephen BoothroydFinance 

Finance Chair


Chris HainesFinance 


Science/D&T Resistant Mats
Judith Lukey 



Frank O’GormanPersonnel/Finance 

Chair of Personnel


Humanities including Geography
Eric SilkSPD 

Chair of SPD


English/Therapy/Pupil Support
Eth YatesSPD/Curriculum


 English/Therapy/Pupil Support/SEN


Governors responsible for supporting Finance are Tim Askham and Steven Boothroyd.


Staff Governors:


Jan Barlow – School Principal – attends all meetings

Becky Swift – Head of Education – attends Curriculum and SPD and Full Governors meetings

Linda O’Rourke – Head of Admin and HR – attends Personnel and Full Governors meetings

Noel Conreen – School Business Finance Manager – attends Finance and Full Governors meetings

Stephanie Hewitt – Registered Manager – attends SPD and Full Governors meetings

Lilian Oakes – Outreach Manager – attends SPD and Full Governors meetings

Paddy Boyle – Teacher Governor – ICT Teacher and Technology Co-ordinator – attends Curriculum and Full Governors meeting

Louise Cairns – Teacher Governor – Science Teacher – attends SPD and Full Governors meetings

Clerk to the governors is Melissa Burrows.


The Committee meetings are held every term with Finance having two meetings in the Autumn Term and the Spring Term.  The Full Governors meetings are held every term.


If you would like to contact Michael Hennessey (Chair of Governors) please use the email address or alternatively address your correspondence to Michael Hennessey, Chair of Governors, Chaigeley School, Thelwall, Warrington. WA4 2TE

For more information on our Chair of Governors (Michael Hennessey) and our Vice Chair (Will Howell) please click the buttons below.

Michael Hennessey


Name: Michael Hennessey – Chair of Governors

Meetings attended: SPD, Personnel, Finance, Curriculum

Governor responsibility: PSHE, RE & Healthy Schools


I have been a governor since July 2001 and Chair of Governors for some years now! I am a retired teacher and taught at Helsby High School for 29 years before taking (very) early retirement in 2001. I was Assistant Headteacher for the last 17 of the 29 years and I taught Religious Studies and Sociology at A level.

I am an active Quaker, having held a whole range of voluntary positions, both at local and national level. I do quite a lot of adult education with Quakers all over the UK and have contributed to a number of Quaker publications.

I have been a voluntary worker with the (now) Halton, Warrington and Cheshire West Youth Offending Service for the last 12 years, working on and often chairing community panels. I also do voluntary work with Runcorn Food Bank.

I am married and have two married daughters and five lovely grandchildren.

will howell


Name:                                                         Will Howell – Vice Chair of Governors

Meetings attended:                                     Personnel and Finance

Governor responsibility:                              ICT

I worked for ICL/Fujitsu for 33 years and have since worked at a small IT company that supply business systems and services for the last 10 years.

My ICT skills are not really technical (though not surprisingly I am pretty well up to date), but more on the business and management side.

My highlights through my reasonably lengthy time at Fujitsu include managing the whole validation and release process  for our large computer operating system (like releasing Windows 7 but on a small scale) and then as part of the then start up Internet business managing all our projects  and services as we grew a 500 person business from nothing.